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By: Ben 2018-05-09 09:51:55 Comment: Rating:

Staying away from scams.

Ever get a call or text from Gov officer stating that you owed tax money and need to pay immediately? or another caller claiming that you have been offered a free stay in a luxury hotel? or Nigerian prince asking you for help transfer money? While some scams may be easier to detect than others, it doesn’t mean you could never fall for one.

Consumer Report data show that everyone, irrespective of age, gender, education, has the potential to be scammed. And scams have moved into the digital world, making more threats to our daily life. Let's take a look at some of the latest schemes.

The latest scam is hitting smart phones, "Smishing". You get a fake text saying there’s a problem with something such as your bank account. If you respond to the text, the scammer will know the number is viable and may contact you to get more personal information. Never click on a link in an email or text without confirming that it’s trustworthy. And if you get a phone call from someone asking for information and you are not sure about the caller, hang up.

Secondly, “Shimmers,” a thin card-sized gadget that scam-artists install on ATM machines or gas pumps that have chip card readers. ATMs installed at a bank tend to be a lot safer than the kind you might find at a convenience store, which can be so much more easily tampered with.

Third, there’s “tech-support" fraud. Your computer freezes, and a pop-up tells you immediately to call a number for tech support. You’re then connected to a fraudulent technician who might ask for remote access to your computer, pretend to fix it and then ask for payment. Do not click on any suspicious pop-ups, and never give remote access to your device to anyone you don’t know and absolutely trust.

If you think you’ve been a victim of a scam, immediately report it to the police – an essential step if you want to make an insurance claim on stolen property – and report compromised credit or debit card information to the bank.

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  • G
    2018-05-27 20:22:50
    Call type: scam
    Rating: -5

    Don't know the number, did not answer...

  • Aesta
    2018-05-27 14:48:51
    Call type: unknown
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  • Anonymous
    2018-05-27 14:48:21
    Call type: scam
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    ut was scam

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    2018-05-27 13:59:32
    Call type: scam
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    Ebay Scam

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    2018-05-27 12:48:12
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    He make a WhatsApp group with correlative numbers come from Venezuela and Spain. On May 27

  • Bishop
    2018-05-27 11:07:40
    Call type: harassment
    Rating: 0

    Kept harassing me by calling my phone all hours at day and night. I would say hello at least three times and got no answer. I don't know anyone who has a number of this sort. Very disgusting and reckless unmannerly behavior.

  • Anonymous
    2018-05-27 11:06:28
    Call type: unknown
    Rating: 0

    UMd6

  • Dawn
    2018-05-27 10:44:15
    Call type: debt
    Rating: 0

    They are a debt collector called synchrony bank.

  • Joe
    2018-05-27 10:21:26
    Call type: telemarketer
    Rating: -5

    Recording not in English

  • Pulkit
    2018-05-27 03:29:14
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